‘Haven’t thought much about the outcome lately’: Bhuvneshwar Kumar after helping SRH win thriller

Veteran seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar said he didn’t think much and just concentrated on bowling two good deliveries after scripting Sunrisers Hyderabad’s sensational last-ball wicket win in an Indian Premier League (IPL) thriller in the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday.

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RR’s chase of 202 was rocked by Bhuvneshwar in the opening – with Jos Buttler chasing the wide slip fielder for a golden duck, while Sanju Samson was caught by an inswinger that rattled stumps through the gate.

Defending 12 in the final over, Bhuvneshwar trapped Rovman Powell in front of the wicket in the last ball to halt Rajasthan Royal’s chase at 200 for 7 and eventually pull off a heist.

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Sunrisers had scored 201 for 3 in their 20 overs, building on Travis Head and Nitish Reddy’s fifties.

“The last time I didn’t think much about the result. There was no discussion last time, it was just focused on the process. I was just thinking about bowling two good balls, anything could have happened,” said Bhuvneshwar, who was named Player of the Match for his 3 for 41, during the post-match presentation.

“I didn’t think much, I was just focused on the process. The ball swung so much, I can’t really pinpoint it, I really enjoyed it. Luckily I got wickets today. When the season started, the thought process was different but it changed when the batters played in such a manner,” he added.

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The nail-biting win moves SRH to fourth place, where they are level on 12 points with Kolkata Knight Riders and Lucknow Super Giants. However, RR remained on top despite the loss.


SRH skipper Pat Cummins was a happy man after the win.

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  • “It was a great match. That’s T20 cricket. Anything can happen, Bhuvi executed that last ball. You try to take some wickets in the middle. Natarajan is a good yorker bowler, luckily we got some wickets,” Cummins said.

    (With input from agencies)

    Ritayan Basu

    Ritayan Basu, senior sub-editor, sports at News18.com. Relates to domestici

    first print: May 3, 2024 07:35 IST